No 'Gur' at Gurgaon for Indian Football

They say that laughter is the best medicine but I beg to differ. That accolade should be given to one and only one thing – FOOTBALL! After the shock and disappointment following the unexpected deferral of the West Bengal Post Graduate Medical Admission Test counselling session (which means a significant blockade of seats for AIPGME candidates like us), I was in dire need of something to prevent me from sinking under the billows of depression.

Fortunately, my friend's team Pune FC were playing against Indian Arrows in an I-League match at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon and I decided to renew my acquaintance with Indian football after a protracted self-imposed exile. It did not matter that the journey from my residence to the stadium would take almost two hours. Even though the Delhi Metro service is quite outstanding, two hours can be quite nerve-wracking when you have to spend the time listening to an obnoxious concoction of the products emanating from other people's iPods! However, the attraction to experience first-hand competitive football was such that by the time I boarded the Metro, I could already sense an uncanny improvement in my mood.